Julia Ember

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ young adult
adventurous emotional fast-paced

368 pages | first published 2020

In Julia Ember's dark and lush LGBTQ+ romantic fantasy Ruinsong, two young women from rival factions must work together to reunite their country, as they wrestle with their feelings for each other.

Her voice was her prison…
Now it’s her weapon.

In a world where magic is sung, a powerful mage named Cadence has been forced to torture her country's disgraced nobility at her ruthless queen's bidding.

But when she is reunited with her childhood friend, a noblewoman with ties to the underground rebellion, she must finally make a choice: Take a stand to free their country from oppression, or follow in the queen’s footsteps and become a monster herself.

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dark 68%
adventurous 46%
emotional 46%
tense 28%
mysterious 25%
sad 18%
hopeful 15%
inspiring 6%
lighthearted 6%
reflective 6%
challenging 3%


medium 51%
fast 28%
slow 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Character: 20% | Plot: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 24% | No: 24%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 56% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 40% | It's complicated: 29% | No: 25% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 85% | No: 11% | It's complicated: 3%

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